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Film industry in shock over legend’s sudden death
Debarati Palit Singh | Saturday, 7 January 2017 AT 12:13 PM IST
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Last Film: Om Puri with Salman Khan on the sets of Tubelight, shooting for the last film, directed by Kabir Khan.

Puri’s colleagues and friends were shocked to hear the news of his death. Khalid Kidwai, producer of Puri’s upcoming film Ram Bhajan Zindabad, said he met the actor on Thursday night during the promotional activities of the movie. “He was in a happy mood and we conversed till late evening, before he went to his friend and actor Manoj Pahwa’s party. In the morning when I learnt about his demise, I was in shock! Still cannot believe it,” Kidwai added.

Amit Behl, Joint Secretary, CINTAA called Puri as a fine human being. “Om Puri, I think was one of the finest human beings I have ever met. I would call him my Guru Bhai as we were trained by the same Guru. Down-to-earth person, very fine and realistic actor, he was one who wanted to help people all the time. He didn’t have any malice in his heart for anyone, simpleton villager because of which I think he was also internally very troubled by what is happening in the country and his personal life. May his soul rest in peace. He will be sorely missed. All I can say is I have lost somebody who was like my elder brother and father figure.”

Actor-director Amol Palekar said that Puri’s death is a huge shock. “He was younger to me. It’s such a sad news not just to begin your day but the year. Om was an actor who could play the tough, down-to-earth police inspector in Aardh Satya to funny character in Chachi 420, which showed his versatility. He did not use any grimmicks or make up to get into a character yet he totally changed into the role. He was a hallmark of extremely fine actor.”

Filmmaker Subhash Ghai said, “We all are sad to know about departure of great actor Om Puri at 66 leaving an inspirational journey of ordinary man to extraordinary actor for next gen. God bless his soul. My friend since FTII days, we have worked together in Kisna and Love Express. He read a scene and acted without extra effort which was his great quality.”

A tweet on behalf of Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “The Prime Minister condoles the passing away of actor Om Puri and recalls his long career in theatre and films.”

Down memory lane: Om Puri graduated from the FTII in 1975. Seen here is Om Puri’s admit card.

FTII pays tribute to Om Puri-

The Film and Television Institute of India, held a condolence meeting on Friday in memory of Om Puri. An alumnus of FTII, Om Puri completed his acting course in 1976 under the guidance of Roshan Taneja.

Amit Tyagi, Dean (Films) recalled his brief association with Puri when both of them worked together during the making of Jane Bhi Do Yaro. He also recalled some of the best roles played by Om Puri in films like Susman, Ardh Satya, Aakrosh and even international films like A Reluctant Fundamentalist. He also talked about the honours and awards conferred on Om Puri.

Sidharth Shasta, Faculty in Acting course narrated his memories when Om Puri visited the Acting Department in 2009 for a workshop.

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